Open Data Portal Officially Launched by Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra

We Love Open Data!

45 designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders came together on Thursday, August 28 to learn about how the city of Hartford the state of Connecticut, under the combined leadership of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Governor Dannel Malloy, to launch Data.Hartford.Gov.

The Agenda:

  • Opening remarks on the significance and value of Open Data to the public were delivered by Mayor Pedro Segarra
  • A walk-through of Hartford and Connecticut’s Open Data Portals and an introduction to the data and cross-functionality of each platform
  • Presenters included:
  • Brett Flodine, GIS Director at Metro Hartford Information Services (MHIS)
  • Sabina Sitaru, Chief Information Officer at MHIS
  • Tyler Kleykamp, Chief Data Officer for the State of Connecticut
  • A use-case for open data from a Healthcare focused startup lead by Andy Quinn

The event was put on with generous support from BlumSharpiro, an accounting, tax, and business consulting firm, and reSET, short for Social Enterprise Trust offers programs, services, and coworking space. Other event partners included Metro Hartford Information Services (MHIS) and Tyler Kleykamp, Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer.

On Thursday, Mayor Segarra showed how his support for data-driven public policy and entrepreneurship is aligned with Gov. Malloy. They working to make Connecticut a fertile place for technology startups and other businesses to launch their ideas and scale their ideas from within the city of Hartford, to statewide business, and eventually to national enterprises.

As a member of the Hartford Open Data Advisory Panel and Governor Malloy’s Open Data Advisory Panel, I am particularly focused on how open data can fuel a unique start-up culture in Connecticut, one that encourages companies with a civic purpose. I’m particularly excited by the social enterprise culture being established in Connecticut.

The event was the first in a series temporarily being called CT TechConnect which aims to form an informal social network, in which people can exchange ideas and talents that can be used for promoting social good, furthering business goals, or a combination of both. Future events will include speed dating with local organizations looking to hire or find new partners with high tech skills.

The event got great press for the emerging open data movement in Connecticut.

Fox News CT

NBC Connecticut

Hartford Courant

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Open Data, Social Enterprise CT

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Christopher is the Founder of Blueprint for Impact, a registered Benefit Corporation based in Hartford, CT, that offers a collection of data tools, services, and expertise specifically for nonprofits.
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